Youth leadership and advocacy for comprehensive sexuality education
Location: 10 villages of Bakraur and Mocharim panchayats, Bodhgaya block, Gaya district, Bihar
Comprehensive sexuality education comprises sexual reproductive health, sexuality, adolescent rights, gender equality, prevention of RTI/STI & HIV/AIDS, family planning & contraception. It counteracts myths and false perceptions about sexuality and confers on adolescents a rights-based perspective that helps them to prevent and deal with sexual harassment, gender-based violence and discrimination.
This adolescent development program will enable adolescents in the intervention area to acquire accurate information about sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and adolescent rights; explore and nurture positive values and attitudes towards their sexual and reproductive health; develop self-esteem, respect for human rights and gender equality; and develop life skills that encourage critical thinking, communication and negotiation, decision-making and assertiveness. The program will also develop a positive environment for adolescent development in communities by working with parents, teachers and other influential adults to understand adolescent development issues, and will advocate with government at all levels for adolescents to have access to comprehensive sexuality education. The program is youth led, with young adult trainers and mentors working along with adolescent peer educators from the community to disseminate comprehensive sexuality education to their peers and to carry out environment building and advocacy activities.